John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.
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BISMARCK — Rep. Kevin Cramer highlighted farmers' anxiety over the Trump administration's trade moves Wednesday, May 16, but the North Dakota Republican expressed support for the long-term goal of balancing relations with China. Cramer, an ally of President Donald Trump who is running for U.S. Senate this year, testified during a hearing held by the U.S. Trade Representative's office on proposed tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports. The tariffs are in response to China's "unfair trade practices," the office said.
BISMARCK — The open race for North Dakota secretary of state got off to a spendy start, with the Democratic candidate raising more than $79,000 in the first phase of the campaign. Fargo Democratic state Rep. Joshua Boschee has raised $79,207, well ahead of the $12,625 reported by his Republican opponent, Mandan businessman Will Gardner, according to filings posted online by the Secretary of State's office. Boschee's pre-primary report, filed Friday, May 11, showed he had a nearly $60,000 ending balance, while Gardner had more than $5,800.
MANDAN, N.D. — TigerSwan will offer another settlement proposal to the North Dakota board that accused the security firm of operating here without a license during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. The two sides came face to face during the Tuesday, May 15, meeting of the Private Investigation and Security Board, which sued the North Carolina-based firm nearly a year ago. The case is scheduled to go to trial in October, but TigerSwan's attorney Lynn Boughey agreed to send the board a settlement offer.
BISMARCK — Heidi Heitkamp announced she would support Gina Haspel’s bid to lead the CIA Tuesday, May 15, joining a few fellow Democratic senators who have likely sealed her confirmation. In a statement, Heitkamp said she would vote to confirm Haspel as the director of the CIA but said it “was not an easy decision” and called her involvement in torture “deeply troubling.”
BISMARCK — An attorney for TigerSwan hopes to settle a legal dispute with a North Dakota board that has alleged the security firm operated in the state without a license during the monthslong protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline. Bismarck-based Lynn Boughey plans to attend the Private Investigation and Security Board’s quarterly meeting Tuesday, May 15, and advance settlement discussions. He said a high-level official from the North Carolina-based firm will be there as well.
BISMARCK — A proposed constitutional amendment seeks to clear up any "ambiguity" about noncitizens voting in North Dakota elections. A petition submitted to Secretary of State Al Jaeger's office Monday, May 14, for review would add a line to the North Dakota Constitution allowing only a "qualified elector" to vote in federal, state and local elections here. Supporters will need 26,904 signatures before midnight, July 9, to have the measure on the general election ballot.
BISMARCK — Heidi Heitkamp criticized North Dakota lawmakers this week for passing what she called unnecessary voter identification laws in the years after she was first elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat, drawing a rebuke from Republicans. In an interview Thursday, May 10, Heitkamp said the laws "clearly target" Native Americans and college students, two groups that tend to favor Democrats. She said there's "absolutely no proof" of voter fraud in North Dakota.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Transportation was selected for a national program aimed at hastening drones' integration into the skies, state and federal officials announced Wednesday, May 9.
BISMARCK — The reaction from members of North Dakota's congressional delegation to President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal fell along party lines Tuesday, May 8.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Insurance Department is seeking to hire a consultant to analyze potential health care reforms, Republican Commissioner Jon Godfread said Tuesday, May 8.